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Infinergy committed to maximising potential of consented Tom nan Clach wind farm site

Planning application for repowering of Tom nan Clach Wind Farm submitted

Renewable energy company Infinergy on behalf of Nanclach Limited, has submitted a fresh planning application for a repowering of its Tom nan Clach Wind Farm on Cawdor Estate, for which it gained consent in July 2013. This new proposal will utilise recent technology gains to help increase the renewable energy output from the site by 26% whilst reducing the number of turbines from 17 to 13.

Tom nan Clach Wind Farm currently has consent for 17 turbines, each with an installed capacity of 2.3MW, but a grid connection date of 2018. Wind turbine technology and design principles have evolved and improved a great deal in the last three years and so, given the time available between consent and connection to the grid, the site has been the subject of further research and environmental studies. This has enabled a redesign with 4 fewer turbines that, with an increase in tip height of 15m, will deliver substantially more renewable energy. An Application for the 13 turbine repowering, with a total combined capacity of 39 MW, has now been submitted as a Major Development Application to The Highland Council.

Esbjorn Wilmar, Managing Director of Infinergy commented: “This redesign provides an opportunity to increase the renewable electricity generated on the site. Compared to the Consented Scheme, the candidate turbine importantly increases the predicted energy produced by the wind farm by approximately 26%. This will allow for another 19,745 homes to be supplied by renewable electricity and an approximate additional saving of 15007 tonnes of CO2e per annum over the 25 year lifetime of the development”.

Mr Wilmar added: “Maximising output from the site will make an important contribution to the renewable energy targets that have been set by the Scottish Government as part of policy to ensure greater diversity and security of electricity supplies as well as providing an industry leading £5000 per megawatt to the surrounding communities, investing nearly £200,000 pounds per year for the life of the development”.

Earlier this year, following the first allocation round of Contracts for Difference in the UK, Infinergy secured a contract for the consented Tom nan Clach Wind Farm, providing the company with the necessary security to build out the development, either under its current consented plans or the revised proposals.
 

Green light from The Moray Council for Dorenell Wind Farm redesign

Planning applications for redesign of Dorenell Wind Farm receive ‘no objection’ from The Moray Council.

Renewable energy company Infinergy on behalf of Dorenell Limited, has been given the green light by The Moray Council as part of its Section 36 application to Scottish Ministers for a redesign of its Dorenell Wind Farm on Glenfiddich Estate, for which it gained consent in December 2011.  This new proposal will utilise recent technology gains to help increase the predicted renewable energy output from the site by 37% with only 1 additional turbine.

Dorenell Wind Farm currently has consent for 59 turbines, each with an installed capacity of 3MW, but a grid connection date of 2018.  Wind turbine technology and design principles have evolved and improved a great deal in the last three years and so, given the time available between consent and connection to the grid, the site has been the subject of further research and environmental studies.  Applications for an upgrade, made up of a variation of the existing consent and an extension, totalling 60 turbines was made to the Energy Consents Unit of the Scottish Government and The Moray Council is a statutory consultee in this process.    

Esbjorn Wilmar, Managing Director of Infinergy commented: “This redesign provides an opportunity to increase the renewable electricity generated on the site.  Compared to the Consented Scheme, the candidate turbine of 3.3MW provides not only for an increase in capacity but more importantly increases the predicted energy produced by the wind farm by approximately 37%.  This means that over 39,000 more homes could be supplied with renewable energy as well as a further 82,000 tonnes of CO2 being saved per annum.”

Mr Wilmar added: “Maximising output from the site will make an important contribution to the renewable energy targets that have been set by the Scottish Government as part of policy to ensure greater diversity and security of electricity supplies as well as providing an industry leading £5000 per megawatt to the surrounding communities, investing over £1 million pounds per year for the life of the development and I am delighted that The Moray Council has recognised this opportunity.”

Earlier this year, following the first allocation round of Contracts for Difference in the UK, Infinergy secured a contract for its 177MW Dorenell Wind Farm, providing the company with the necessary security to build out the development, either under its current consented plans or the revised proposals.

Sarah Medcraf, Operations Manager, at Moray Chamber of Commerce, commented: “Moray Chamber of Commerce welcomes investment in projects in Moray. Such investment brings benefits in the form of direct employment and opportunities for local sub-contractors and others providing goods and services in direct or indirect support.”

Limekiln Wind Farm Refused Permission

Renewable energy firm Infinergy has said it is bitterly disappointed at the Scottish Government’s decision to reject its 24 turbine-turbine wind farm at Limekiln, south of Reay in Caithness on the basis of “insufficient information” relating to the East Haladale Flows wild land area.

Esbjorn Wilmar, Managing Director of Infinergy said: “Ministers have missed a huge opportunity today to contribute to the renewable energy targets they themselves have set in Government.”

Mr Wilmar continued: “We always believed this was a good scheme and the reporters indeed concluded that our proposal would ‘not give rise to anydetrimental impacts, either singly or cumulatively’ apart from the fact that ‘it has not been demonstrated that the proposal would not have a significant adverse impact on wild land’. This conclusion is deeply worrying. It effectively creates a ‘buffer’ zone around wild land areas, reducing further the potential that this country has to create clean energy and sustainable communities. Where it is clear which areas are designated as Wild Land, it is totally open for discussion where a ‘buffer zone’ would start and end.”

The announcement of this decision comes at a time where the onshore wind industry has been badly bruised with other recent negative UK Government announcements, including the removal of the LEC, the early closure of the ROC and the continued uncertainty around the CfD.  This, combined with a hugely expensive and time consuming planning process, the outcome of which is entirely unpredictable and the fact that multi-million pound grid securities must be provided before planning consent is forthcoming, makes it now very difficult to provide a compelling business case to shareholders for further investment into renewable energy developments in the UK.

The wind farm would have provided the annual electricity needs for almost 45,000* homes each year, contributed over £360,000 a year or £9 million over the lifetime of the development into the Caithness community, helped balance the decommissioning at the Dounreay nuclear facility, and could have made an important contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions.

Infinergy will now consider its options going forward with this project, and may seek judicial review.

Queen's Dock Wind Turbine in Swansea approved

Queen's Dock Wind Turbine in Swansea has been given the go ahead. In her report the Planning Inspector states that "the turbine would be satisfactorily incorporated into its surroundings". The turbine, a state-of-the-art medium scale machine with an installed capacity of 500kW and a blade tip height of 77m, is to be situated at Queen's Dock in the Port of Swansea. The applicant is ABP Swansea; Infinergy has acted as the agent on this project. The electricity generated by the turbine will be used for Port operations with any excess fed into the local grid network.

Revised plans for Burton Wold South approved

At their planning meeting yesterday evening Kettering Borough Council gave the green light to the revised plans for Burton Wold Wind Farm South, approving the plans in a unanimous vote of 8-0. Infinergy is delighted with this result and will now move forward with securing finance for the project, discharging planning conditions and other preparations for construction.

The revised plans comprise a reduction from the originally consented five wind turbines to three, increasing the tip height from 100m to 136.5m. This increases the expected annual power output by approximately 20%, making most of the available wind resource at the site.

There is a community benefit fund associated with the project of up to £42,750 per year for the life of the project. Infinergy will be liaising with Burton Latimer Town Council and Kettering Borough Council on how this fund can be put to best use for the local community.

Infinergy aims to have the project operational by the end of 2016 / early 2017.